Summer’s officially here, but who cares about the weather when you can be inside binge-watching the brand-new, highly anticipated series on Showmax every bright, sunshine-y day this month? Here’s everything hitting the platform in November, with our highlights listed first, followed by the November listing in date order. Go get an iced coffee and have your calendar open in another tab so you can set alerts for the release dates of the shows you’re most excited for.
What We Do in the Shadows S1 | First on Showmax | 1 November 2019
From Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), the hit mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows is a look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of three vampires who’ve lived together on Staten Island, New York for over 100 years – more than enough time to get on each other’s nerves.
Perpetual Grace, LTD S1 | First on Showmax | 1 November 2019
This 10-episode modern noir drama follows a young grifter, James (Emmy nominee Jimmi Simpson from Westworld, Black Mirror and House of Cards), as he attempts to prey upon Pastor Byron Brown (Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley). But the pastor and his wife Lillian (Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver from Silver Linings Playbook) – known to their parishioners as Pa and Ma – turn out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. The Hollywood Reporter says: Kingsley is “my odds-on favourite to win the Emmy for best actor in 2020”.
The Deuce S3: The Final Season | First on Showmax | 1 November 2019
Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of The Deuce brings the series to a dramatic conclusion. It’s 1985 and VHS has just overtaken film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution, while the lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square, and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. Maggie Gyllenhaal (Golden Globe nominee for Season 1 and Critic’s Choice nominee for Season 2) returns as Candy, a porn director struggling to maintain her artistic integrity in an industry that is quickly devolving.
The Good Fight S3 | Boxset | 1 November 2019
Loved The Good Wife (and binged all seven seasons)? Thankfully Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski in an Emmy-nominated role) and Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo in a Critics Choice nominated role) are back in the sequel, The Good Fight, which picks up a year later as a financial scam wipes out Diane’s life savings, and good reputation, forcing her to start from scratch at the historically black law firm, Reddick, Boseman, & Kolstad. In the third season, the show doesn’t hold back from real-life political commentary, from impeaching the president to the #MeToo movement.
Catch-22 | All episodes | 1 November 2019
Based on the classic Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II. Christopher Abbott (The Sinner, Girls) is Yossarian, a bombardier, whose frantic obsession every time he goes up on a mission is “to come down alive”. His odds of success keep getting worse, because Colonel Cathcart keeps raising the number of missions the men have to fly. More than the retreating Germans, the real enemy for Yossarian and his rag-tag bunch of friends is the bureaucracy of the military, inverting logic at every turn. Oscar winner George Clooney stars as the barking mad, parade-obsessed Scheisskopf and Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House) is the mellow, slightly checked-out Major de Coverley.
His Dark Materials S1 | First on Showmax | Express from the US from 5 November 2019
Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, setting off a quest through parallel worlds to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. The fantasy’s cast includes child stars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson as Lyra and Will, supported by Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Luther), Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (X-Men), and BAFTA winner Helen McCrory (Harry Potter, The Queen). Oscar winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is one of the directors.
Rick and Morty S4 | First on Showmax | Express from the US from 18 November 2019
Rick’s a genius and Morty is his grandson. Together they go on epic adventures. There you go: that’s the plot for this show. Everything else – the sociopathic behaviour, the family dysfunction, the hilariously messed-up universe, sex robots, cannibal humans with praying mantis DNA, celestial farts wanting to genocide all life – all that’s just sprinkles on the top in this hugely popular animated Adult Swim series. The two-year wait for Season 4 is finally over, but they’re rationing us to five episodes this year, with the next five only coming next year! Aargh! They’re making it up to us though, with guest voice appearances from Taika Waititi, Paul Giamatti, Sam Neill, Kathleen Turner, Matthew Broderick and Liam Cunningham.
Saudi Women’s Driving School (2019) | First on Showmax | 8 November 2019
In June 2018, King Salman formally lifted a decades-long ban on female drivers in Saudi Arabia. This just-launched HBO documentary centres on The Saudi Driving School, said to be the world’s largest driving school catering exclusively to women. With unprecedented access to Saudi women as they embrace a new way of life, the documentary lifts the veil on a new wave of female Uber and race-car drivers, not to mention some women who were driving long before the ban was lifted, suggesting freedom is contagious. “Inspiring… Surprising and moving,” wrote the Guardian. Forbes said, “In equal measures encouraging and disturbing.”
Buddha in Africa (2019) | 11 November 2019
In a Chinese Buddhist orphanage in Africa, a Malawian teenager finds himself torn between his African roots and Chinese upbringing. Once a star performer with dreams of becoming a martial arts hero like Jet Li, Enock is now in his final year of school and has to make some tough decisions about his future. Will he return to his home village or study abroad in Taiwan? Set against China’s expanding influence on the continent, the award-winning documentary is directed by South African Nicole Schafer.
Silwerskerm Short Films | 1 November 2019
You can now binge-watch 14 short films from this year’s kykNET Silwerskerm Film Festival on Showmax. Since its launch in 2011, the festival’s short film competition has introduced a wealth of new talent into the Afrikaans film industry, including the likes of Nosipha Dumisa (Nommer 37) and Christiaan Olwagen (Kanarie).
Broken Promises 4-Ever (2018) | First on Showmax | 7 November 2019
Mandoza (Theshan Naicker) is desperate to marry Skye (Kogie Naidoor from Kings of Mulberry Street), but she feels that he first needs to ask her father, Kallan (director Kumaran Naidu), for permission, and introduce her to his family. This was the fifth most popular local movie at the South African box office last year.
Impilo: The Scam | 7 November 2019
When con man Khulubuse Mtshali (Africa Movie Academy Award nominee Desmond Dube from Hotel Rwanda, Hopeville) scams his community in Alexandra out of their hard-earned cash with a pyramid scheme, they come looking for revenge, and the scapegoat is his son, Mnqobi (newcomer Sipho Mdingi). In this hit Mzansi Magic series, things only get more dangerous when ruthless gangster Pacino comes into the picture.
Every week Showmax live-streams a selection of matches that include English Premier League, Italian Serie, LaLiga football, basketball and more.
Here are some of the confirmed matches we’re looking forward to in November:
- Basketball National League: Finals – 2 November
- English Premier League: Aston Villa vs Liverpool – 2 November
- English Premier League: Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth – 9 November
- MultiChoice Diski Challenge: Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates – 17 November
New matches and events are added every week, so check out showmax.com/sports for the latest live fixtures, talk shows and more.
Series to binge while you wait
What else is on?
Here are all the series, movies, documentaries and South African additions coming in November, with our Plum Picks in bold. Do note that dates and titles are subject to change.
1 November 2019
- The Deuce S3
- What We Do In The Shadows S1
- Perpetual Grace, LTD S1
- The Young Pope
- The Good Fight S3
- Saudi Women’s Driving School (2019)
- New Girl S1-7
The Passage S1
Deep Water S1
Love Daily S1
Legion S1 – S2
In The Dark
The Village S1
Oscar Pistorius: Blade Runner Killer (2017)
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)
Liz & Dick (2012)
Narco Wars: In Their Own Words
I am MLK Jr
Rooilug (Silwerskerm film)
Die Begrafnis (Silwerskerm film)
Gebles (Silwerskerm film)
Hoe Om ‘N Perd Te Teken (Silwerskerm film)
Janneman (Silwerskerm film)
Lakens (Silwerskerm film)
Miemie (Silwerskerm film)
My Gelykenis (Silwerskerm film)
Oedipus die Musical (Silwerskerm film)
Sussie (Silwerskerm film)
Swaaibraai (Silwerskerm film)
Van Nasionale Belang (Silwerskerm film)
Vinnie & Olga (Silwerskerm film)
Binnelandse Sake (Silwerskerm film)
4 November 2019
- Arendsvlei S1
- Harrow S1
Instant Family – Express after M-Net (2018)
Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016)
Infinitely Polar Bear (2014)
5 November 2019
- His Dark Materials S1
7 November 2019
- Bumblebee (2018)
- Impilo: The Scam
- Broken Promises 4-Ever (2018)
The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
Staten Island Summer (2015)
22 Jump Street (2014)
Third Person (2013)
21 Jump Street (2012)
Mean Girls 2 (2011)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Huisgenoot: Ware lewensdramas S3
Die Kliek S9
11 November 2019
- Buddha in Africa (2019)
The Mark (2012)
The Mark 2 (2013)
14 November 2019
- Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
I Still See You (2018)
Fort Bliss (2014)
Bee Movie (2007)
The Final Season (2007)
Nacho Libre (2006)
18 November 2019
- Rick & Morty S4
For the People S1
Station 19 S1
Grease Live! (2016)
Of Mind and Music (2014)
Life of a King (2013)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Nothing About Nothing
21 November 2019
- Kwakuhle Kwethu: Dineo & Solo’s Wedding
- American Animals (2018)
Game Night (2018)
On Chesil Beach (2017)
Everything, Everything (2017)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Death at a Funeral (2010)
I Blew It
25 November 2019
- Papa Penny Ahee S3
- Munich (2005)
- The Kite Runner (2007)
The Row (2018)
28 November 2019
Show Dogs (2018)
Project Almanac (2015)
Jackass 3.5 (2011)
Drillbit Taylor (2008)
The Tiger’s Tail (2006)